Mohsin Raza Malik

  • The military tensions between the arch foes Iran and the US have visibly escalated since the last week’s assassination of top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in a US drone strike in Iraq. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has vowed a “severe revenge” against the ...

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  • Black and white coats represent two noble, educated, and esteemed professional communities in Pakistan. The former is considered to be the protagonist of the rule of law and citizens’ fundamental rights while the latter is looked upon as a saviour of lives and messiah. Indeed, the wearers of ...

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  • The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Bin Al Thani was accorded a red carpet welcome upon his arrival in Pakistan last week. This high-level visit paved the way for a $3 billion Qatari investment in Pakistan. Advisor to Prime Minister on Finance Abdul Hafeez Shaikh has thanked the Emir of Qatar ...

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  • The PTI government has presented its first “pro-people” and “growth-oriented” federal budget in the National Assembly in the form of Finance Bill 2019-20. The proposed budget is being claimed to have prepared to achieve a macroeconomic stability in Pakistan. The government ...

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  • The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has set an ambitious Rs5 trillion plus revenue collection target for the next fiscal year. The FBR will surely have to take some pro-active and extraordinary tax measures to achieve this target as it has already missed the Rs4.3 trillion revenue target for the ...

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  • There was created a ruckus by the government and the opposition members in the National Assembly’s session on Friday over the arrest and detention of MNAs Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir. Though elected independently, both parliamentarians are considered to be the representatives of the Pashtun ...

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  • Pakistan and the IMF finally reached a staff-level agreement on the much-awaited bailout program last week. So, Pakistan would now get a 39-month Extended Fund Facility (EFF) for about $6 billion. It is, however, a provisional agreement which is yet to be formally approved by the Executive Board of ...

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  • There is no denying that Pakistan’s economy is not performing well these days. It is swiftly drifting towards stagflation- an economic condition characterized by high inflation rate coupled with stagnant economic growth. The so-called twin deficits continue to plague the economy. The ...

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  • Though the Himalayan state of Jammu and Kashmir atops the South Asian region geographically, this troubled valley appears to have become somewhat a proverbial tail of the region which is currently wagging the dog. For over seven decades, India and Pakistan have been at loggerheads over Kashmir, a ...

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  • Essentially considering it a “jurisdiction with strategic AML/CFT deficiencies”, the Paris-based money laundering and terror financing watchdog, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), formally placed Pakistan on its ‘grey list’ in June last year. Ever since, Pakistan has ...

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  • Pakistan and India got closer to a full-blown armed conflict last week as both countries remained committed to surprise each other militarily. First, India claimed to have conducted a “surgical strike” on a “terror facility” inside Pakistan. However, not really impressed by ...

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  • The military tensions between two nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours have escalated since the attack in Pulwama. Instantly accusing Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed a “crushing response”. He had given the armed forces a free hand to punish the masterminds of this suicide ...

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  • At least 40 personnel of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) of India were killed on Thursday in what has been dubbed the deadliest attack on Indian security forces in the occupied state of Jammu and Kashmir. In this terrible incident, a suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a bus ...

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  • The term “Hindutva” is alternatively used to signify a variety of the concepts such as “Hindu Nationalism”, “Hindu Supremacism” and “Brahmanism” in today’s India. Though “Hindutva” remained prominent in the wake of religious ...

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  • There was a curfew-like situation in the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir during Indian PM Modi’s visit to the state on Sunday. Ahead of his visit, top Hurriyat leaders like Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Geelani, and Yasin Malik were put under house arrest. In fact, this ugly episode just ...

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  •  Sending shock waves across the country, the tragic and traumatic Sahiwal incident has made countless Pakistanis feel shaken, dejected and heartbroken. It was really a tragedy that three children just saw their both parents and a sibling being brutally shot dead by the police. The ...

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  • Though the government has agreed ‘in principle’ to extend the tenure of military courts for another 2 years, there is hardly any political consensus among major parliamentary parties in the country over this issue. These military courts would cease functioning in March this year if ...

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  • The ruling coalition of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed has won landslide victory in the recently-held parliamentary elections in Bangladesh. This Awami League-led Grand Alliance bagged 288 out of the 298 parliamentary seats up for grabs. Surprisingly, Jatiya Oikya Front, the main opposition ...

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  • The leaders and activists of Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) are mostly seen acting as a Pashtun rights advocacy group which is currently “struggling” for protecting the rights of ethnic Pashtun people in Pakistan. Though PTM was founded in 1914, it only gained prominence following the ...

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  • Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman, during his last week’s press briefing, made it just clear that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) had no military dimensions. “The CPEC is a bilateral economic project, which is not against any country”, he further clarified. He ...

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  • Today is the142nd birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. As usual, the nation is celebrating his birth anniversary with “traditional zeal, enthusiasm and national spirit”. Definitely, today, our national leaders, ministers and politicos will be ...

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  • India has just added another dark chapter to its long history of tyranny and oppression in the occupied Himalayan state of Kashmir. In a naked display of military power, the brutal Indian security forces shot seven unarmed Kashmiri civilians dead who were protesting over the martyrdom of three ...

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  • Prime Minister Imran Khan approved in principle a legal plan last month to accord Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) the status of a ‘provisional’ province in accordance with the recommendations made by a high-powered reforms committee. However, Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar has recently ...

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  • Believing corruption to be the only difference between the developed and developing countries, Prime Minister Imran Khan renewed his resolve to fight this menace while addressing a special ceremony held in Islamabad last week to review the first 100 days performance of the PTI government. ...

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  • In Pakistan, the term ‘accountability’ has mostly been used in the specific context of countering corruption. Though countering corruption is an important aspect of it, accountability is a multifaceted, broader and rather a complex phenomenon. Accountability, in its most general sense, ...

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  • The phenomenon of accountability instantly took centre stage in the country’s politics as soon as the Panama Papers scandal surfaced in April 2016. The opposition political parties, especially PTI, readily held “the corrupt elite” responsible for the collective failure of Pakistan ...

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  • In the hope of “opening a new page in the history of Afghanistan”, Russia hosted a landmark peace conference on Afghanistan in Moscow last week. “Aimed at jointly searching for ways to promote an inclusive inter-Afghan dialogue to advance the process of national reconciliation in ...

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  • The judicial reforms have been amongst the most widely discussed as well as most frequently promised reforms in Pakistan for decades. Unluckily, at the same time, they have also been the least implemented ones. There has hardly been any serious endeavour to introduce any significant reforms to ...

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  • Niccolo Machiavelli, the sixteenth century Italian political philosopher, was an apostle of power politics. He is best known for his unqualified advocacy for an all-powerful ruler whose actions are unrestricted by moral considerations. Nevertheless, he advised “the prince”, his typical ...

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  • The 18th Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan has resulted in devolving a number of legislative subjects, including the procedural civil law, to the country’s provinces. At the beginning of this year, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government introduced various amendments to the Code of Civil ...

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